BMX Legend Dave Mirra Found Dead In Apparent Suicide

Police said Mirra was found dead in a truck Thursday after apparently shooting himself.

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Dave Mirra, who held the world record for most X Games medals until 2013, was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday, police said.

The body of the 41-year-old was discovered inside a truck Thursday afternoon in Greenville, North Carolina. Police said Mirra had been visiting friends in the area.

In a statement to BuzzFeed News on Saturday on behalf of the family, Mirra’s agent, Steve Astephen, said, “Dave’s wife and family are shocked and saddened by the loss of such a remarkable person whom they loved so deeply. Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers and for respecting their privacy through this difficult time.”

Mirra was originally from Chittenango, New York, but moved to Greenville in the 1990s and was influential in turning it into what is now called “Protown” because so many professional BMX riders have come out of the area.

Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas mourned the loss of Mirra in a statement.

“We mourn the loss today of a great friend and wonderful human being who touched the lives of so many around the world with his gift,” Thomas said. “He called Greenville, North Carolina, home and was as humble a guy talking with kids on a street corner about bikes as he was in his element on the world stage. A young life with so much to offer was taken too soon.”

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Mirra holds 24 medals for the X Games, which made him the world record holder until 2013, when Bob Burnquist tied his medal count.

In 2000, he became the first park rider to land a double backflip during a competition, according to his website.

Along with his successful BMX career, Mirra hosted two seasons of MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge as well as being featured in his namesake video game.

In 2007, Mirra started his own bike company called MirraCo.

Mirra is survived by his wife, Lauren Blackwell Mirra, and two children.

5. On Thursday, Mirra apparently posted a picture of himself and his wife to Instagram, writing “My rock! Thank god.”

6. Mirra also frequently posted pictures of his two daughters.

“Kenz is a spitting imagine of her dad. #beadadnotafad love that gem.”

7. “A girl that is inspired and loves her daddy,” Mirra wrote with this photo. “A little goes long way. Just be there. Love u Madi”

8. Mirra’s friends and fans took to social media to express their condolences.

Heartbroken by the news of Dave Mirra. One of the nicest guys I ever dealt with at X Games and Dew Tour. A true pro. https://t.co/qSNlRTMRwp

— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi)

9. Famed skateboarder Tony Hawk called Mirra “a true pioneer” and said “we are heartbroken.”

Goodbye Dave Mirra, a true pioneer, icon and legend. Thank you for the memories... we are heartbroken.

— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk)

10. BMX rider Brian Kachinsky thanked Mirra “for pushing the boundaries of what was possible.”

Rest in Peace Dave Mirra. Thank you for pushing the boundaries of what was possible. You are a legend.

— Brian Kachinsky (@bkachinsky)

11. Freestyle motocross rider Kenny Bartram called Mirra “a legend and friend.”

12. Patrick Quinn, a sports reporter at Greenville’s WNCT, called Mirra the “ultimate family man.”

I interviewed Mirra just 3 months ago...he was the ultimate family man while taking time to talk w/ all of his fans.

— Patrick Quinn (@PatrickWNCT)

13. People also tweeted about how much Mirra meant to the community of Greenville.

RIP Dave Mirra put Greenville on the map

— Andre Brown (@drebrown35)

14. “He gave it an identity,” said MarketWatch reporter Jeremy Owens about Mirra’s tremendous impact on Greenville.

I can't even begin to say how much Dave Mirra meant to the city of Greenville. He gave it an identity beyond just the college. Damn.

— Jeremy C. Owens (@jowens510)

15. Many fans also credited Mirra with introducing them to BMX riding and making them love it.

Can't believe the news about Dave Mirra. He was the reason I begged my parents for a bmx bike as a kid. RIP.

— Derek Phillips (@DerekPhillips89)

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Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.
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